"A FEW GOOD TRAVELOGUES" Personal Page by xuessium
What can you say about this man? Most folks probably know him from the British TV series "The Monty Python" or from movies such as "A Fish Called Wanda" and "Fierce Creatures". I know him as a great (BBC sponsored) traveller. For the past 20 years, he (together with Basil Pao, the photographer) had brought many places that we would probably never visit in our lifetime into our conscious. The great man had gone beyond most traveller's dreams and actually touched the unimaginable.
"Around The World in 80 Days", "Pole To Pole", "Full Circle", "Hemingway Adventures" & "Sahara" were past conquests. His latest - "Himalaya" as he travelled through all the countries covered by the mighty mountain range, home to the world's tallest (growing) mountain - Mount Himalaya.
A great thinker and a great writer. The words flowed sultrily from his pen (or maybe, in this modern age, the PC) His books are always an immense enjoyment to read and his thoughts sometimes items for you to reflect, soul search and chew upon.
WEBSITE: PALIN'S TRAVELS
The most wicked of them all - funny, sarcastic (never crude), observant and sometimes irrelevant, watch Bill takes the most insignificant of things and changed it into something hilarious and cheeky.
There are many travelogues to his name. "The Lost Continent", "Notes From A Big Country", "Notes From A Small Island", "Neither Here Or There", "Down Under" and my favourite "A Walk In The Woods" which I think he was at his most wicked best.
The only author to make orange juice spurt out of my nose. (Luckily, there was no one sitting beside me on the plane!)
I actually picked up Peter Moore's book quite by chance while travelling in Australia and I read them in the wrong order initially.
"Swahili For The Broken Hearted" was the first book I read (and remained my favourite) and his constant mention of a broken heart prompted me to search out his previous book, and from there I retreated back in time.
Peter's first book is actually "The Wrong Way Home", and that was followed by "No Sh*tting On The Toilet" (which technically, is not a travelogue, since he went about listing his best, his worst etc etc), and then "The Full Montezuma" which brought about "Swahili For The Broken Hearted".
Folks may be pleased to know that Peter is no longer broken-hearted as he found love (and a wife) in his most recent 5th book "Vroom With A View".
Simple down-to-earth writing. Straight to the point. No beating around the bush. Very Australian. I like that.
WEBSITE: PETER MOORE
Holy Cow! Now that's a title I like.
It caught my eye and when I finally got down to reading it, it definitely did not disappoint. In a way, I think the book found a ready audience with westerners obsessed with all things Indian.
Sarah recounted experiences during her days in India when she was struggling out a relationship with her then boyfriend (and now husband). In a light-hearted fashion, she bared her soul on her encounters and crashes with the Indian way-of-life, the cultural differences, her weight problems and her quest to seek out peace and serenity through the many religions found in India.
My first travelogue. I'm always a sucker for islands. The sun, the sand and the sea - what more can you ask?
I went on a journey with Thurston Clarke, travelling to many exotic islands (some unheard of), to magnificent getaways and escapades, not necessarily of the luxurious kind. Different islands emote in different ways and in each way, each island brings out a different emotion in you. Islands that came with dark secrets. Islands that you probably would never had a chance to step foot on. Islands so famous that it is practically at the tip of the tongue of every Islophile. Each unique; each almost unattainable.
Note: The book has several titles. It is also called "Searching For Paradise" and "Islomania".
The man's man. The bearded man himself who did things nobody (normal) else even dare whisper of.
Skydive. Paraglide. Rappel down deep underground caverns. Kayak among icebergs. OVERCOMING FEAR.
In the midst of the burning oilfields of Kuwait. Looking over the carnage of Jonestown. OVERCOMING EMOTIONS.
Swimming with the Great White. Hunting for sea snakes bare-handed. Mingling with the Gorillas. OVERCOMING PERCEPTIONS.
Searching for lost civilisations. Understanding present cultures. OVERCOMING IGNORANCE.
Dare you to walk with Tim side by side, as you join him in the roller coaster of that thing....you know....called Life itself.
Step OUTSIDE your box.
Also authour of "Pecked To Death By Ducks", "Hold The Enlightenment", "A Wolverine Is Eating My Leg", "Road Fever" and "Pass The Butterworms".
The full name of the travelogue is actually quite a mouthful: "Bon Appetit: Travels through France with knife, fork and corkscrew". When you are done tripping your tongue over the words, Peter will welcome you into a world of French gastronomical delights and surprises as he drags you along on his many quests to unveil the wondrous magic of French cooking.
Learn how he began his fascination with food across the English Channel at the tender age of 19. He had never looked back since.
Welcome to a world where the word "truffles" conjure up more than just hallucinating highs. It is actually saintly. Hop around to the discovery of the other "chicken thighs" - frog's legs. Plunge into the pongs of the Livarot cheese as chunks disappear down the throat of the cheese-eating contest. Swig and guggle your way through exquisite French wines. Learn what vintage is all about. Raise your head high and proud for the blue-legged aristocratic rooster for "Coq au vin". And no no no, we certainly aren't forgetting the escargots as well.
Bon appetit indeed!
Circumnavigate the world on a motorbike. Freshly disrobed as a Jedi Master, this is the dream that Ewan shared with his good buddy Charley. Go to galaxies far far away....oops, I mean go see countries far far away.
The travelogue switches between narrations by Charley and Ewan as they bounce feelings of euphoria, fear, trepidations, longing, hatred and shock among others, off each other. Hear their heartbeats roar on a single rhythm as they overcame obstacles under the bondship of brotherhood but yet hear the sickening rot of their companionship as each's nuances started to grate against the bark of their friendship. Charley could come across as boorish and selfish at times, while Ewan's pendulum moodswings sway the mood of the travelogue between bright blue skies and grey bellowing clouds.
And yet despite all that, nothing could take away what they saw, hear, felt, touched and smelled in the entire adventure - starting from London (UK), going through much of Europe, and then braving the great expanses of Central Asia, before hitting Kamchatka (Russia), crossing the Pacific, re-picking up the route at Alaska, then cutting across much of the US, and finally claiming victory and accomplishment in New York.
WEBSITE: LONG WAY ROUND
Side note 2007: Both had done a new journey and thus out came a new book: "LONG WAY DOWN".
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